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Title Sedgwick Migration Scrapbook 10: Australia and New Zealand
Date Mar-Nov 1911
Document Type Report; Newspaper; Correspondence
Reference RCMS 31/1/192-215, Box 3, Volume 1, Folder 3
Library / Archive Cambridge University Library
Collection Name Thomas E. Sedgwick's Migration Scrapbooks, 1910-1914
Description Papers discuss the Sedgwick emigration scheme, the eligibility of those able to apply for emigration in order to gain employment, and reviews of the scheme. Letters also refer to openings for retired soldiers and work girls in clothing factories in New Zealand. Included is a photograph of a New Zealand Farmer's Union group.
Biographical Note / History In 1911 Thomas Edward Sedgwick organised for a group of 50 boys to be sent from England to New Zealand on board the S.S. Authentic before the outbreak of the First World War. They were sent as part of an experiment to ascertain whether young British boys might help alleviate a shortage of farm labourers in New Zealand and offer a solution to the declining levels of employment opportunities in the crowded British cities. They were trained in all aspects of farming life, and the wages they earnt were paid to the Labour Department while the boys were awarded weekly pocket money.
Theme(s) Responses to Immigration; Politics, Legislation and Governance
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) New Zealand; Australia
Places Kati Kati, Canterbury, New Zealand
Ports Auckland, Wellington, New Zealand; Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality English; European
People Sedgwick, Thomas Edward; Wilson, J G; Johnson, D E; Taylor, George W; Wigan, Clive; Bigges, Sir Arthur
Keywords emigration scheme, shipping, children, agriculture, farming, labour, employment, government, farm school, colony conditions, apprenticeship, politics, unemployment, economics, push factor, population, journey conditions, wages, administration, depression, immigration, labour union, working conditions, female emigration, women, factory, clothing, industry, soldier, fraud, agent, insurance, livestock
Language English
Copyright Cambridge University Library